Trooper, Strathcona’s Horse,  February 1900

Caption: Trooper, Strathcona’s Horse, February 1900

This photograph of a trooper of Strathcona’s Horse was taken in Ottawa in February 1900, before the regiment left for South Africa. In South Africa, this dark-blue uniform was exchanged for khaki and a wide-brimmed Stetson hat. Raised at the expense of Canadian Pacific magnate Donald Smith, the regiment earned distinction during its brief service in South Africa from April 1900 to January 1901. Sergeant A.H.L. Richardson earned the Victoria Cross for heroism on 15 July 1900, becoming the first of many Canadians to be awarded the Empire's most prestigious decoration. Strathcona's Horse was disbanded in Canada in March 1901, but unit's name was perpetuated in 1909 when the Mounted Rifle squadron of the Canadian regular army was renamed 'Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)'.